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Appalachian State University

What’s inside?

Why Appalachian may be the school for you List of majors, page 8 Scholarships and financial aid, page 33 Ways to visit campus, page 34 How to apply, page 35

Why choose Appalachian? The most common reasons students come to Appalachian are: • Academic reputation, both overall and in specific majors • Location and the opportunities for outdoor activities • Size, including small classes and small-town atmosphere • Affordability when compared to other schools

Fast Facts: Enrollment:

More than 17,300 (about 15,400 undergraduate, 1,900 graduate) Founded in 1899 as Watauga Academy


• More than 100,000 living alumni


7 undergraduate colleges, 1 graduate school 17:1 student/faculty ratio 150 undergraduate and graduate degree programs 871 full-time faculty, 99 percent have highest degree in their field

Buildings and Campus:

1,300 acres, including a 410-acre main campus 19 academic buildings 210,000 square-foot library 1 off-campus center in New York City 21 residence halls, housing about 6,000 students on campus 3 main dining facilities 11 recreational and athletic facilities 1 giant statue of Yosef - the Mountaineer mascot

2,972 enrolled 14,734 applications for admission

Freshman Snapshot, Fall 2011 1141 SAT average, 25 ACT average, 3.94 GPA (weighted) average


Table of Contents Challenging Academics 7 Undergraduate Research 9

Honors College


International Education




Life-changing Involvement



Clubs and Organizations

Service 21 Housing 22

Arts and Culture


Athletics 27

Breathtaking Location 29



Outdoor Programs


Boone 32

Value and Affordability 33

Textbook Rental System


Scholarships and Financial Aid



Breathe the mountain air! Known as “the top of Boone,” Howard Knob is a great place for a picnic and breathtaking views. Many famous bands and comedians played their early gigs in Legends, a showcase nightclub on Appalachian’s campus. What great act will you discover?

King Street is the main route for Appalachian’s Homecoming parade, as well as a downtown thoroughfare of eclectic shops and restaurants.

Grab your Plem

The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts features stunning work by artists of regional, national and international acclaim. Take an art course to learn more about them or stop by on your own.

Looking to exercise? The Student Recreation Center features a 50-foot climbing wall, a cardio theater, a weight room area, an indoor walking/ running track, a 50-meter swimming pool and two gymnasiums. The SRC also houses Outdoor Programs.


Got an entrepreneurial spirit? Get help starting your own business at Appalachian’s Transportation Insight Center for Entrepreneurship, named for a successful and generous company.

Take an astronomy course and study the heavens from the silver dome of Rankin Science Observatory. The university operates its premier research facility, Dark Sky Observatory, off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

What’s exciting about starting college at Ap

This way to Blowing Rock, Appalachian Ski Mountain, the Blue Ridge Parkway and dozens of hiking trails, including Rough Ridge.

b a cup of coffee with r professor after class in mmons Student Union.

This way to Hebron Colony Falls, a cascade of ancient boulders in the Watauga River.

Sanford Mall is the place to be in warm weather and on crisp fall days. Its grassy lawn is where students come to play, stretch out in the sun or perform a flash mob as part of a dance class.

Watch the Mountaineers play basketball and volleyball in Holmes Convocation Center. This is also where you’ll walk across the stage at graduation.

Each February, more than 200 students jump into the Duck Pond’s frigid waters to raise money for Special Olympics. The Polar Plunge has become an Appalachian tradition.

Establish your independence! One of our 21 residence halls will soon become your new home.

Home to Mountaineer football, field hockey, and track and field, Kidd Brewer Stadium is “The Rock.”

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Mountains of Opportunity

Appalachian State University in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina offers incredible preparation for life and career success. We’re a special combination of people and place, set in one of the country’s most beautiful scenic locations – the perfect setting to strengthen your academic focus, discover your passions, enhance your leadership skills and begin your life’s journey. 6

Challenging Academics Our professors will inspire and challenge you to become your best. Isn’t that why you want to go to college in the first place?

Appalachian has: Small classes average class size is 25 students

Accomplished faculty

Close, personal interaction

99 percent of full-time faculty hold the doctorate or other terminal degree in their field

The student/faculty ratio is 17:1, which means it’s easy to seek help outside of class, ask questions, and have opportunities to conduct research alongside your professors.

Appalachian is prestigious and affordable… the environment is welcoming, the professors are top notch, and the broad range of studies provides a variety of choice and promotes intellectual growth. – Joy Jones, Class of 2014, history major

Dr. Cheryl Claassen

Professor, Department of Anthropology B.A., University of Arkansas Ph.D., Harvard University

Dr. Cheryl Claassen came to Appalachian shortly after completing her Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University. An active scholar, her most recent book challenges long-standing theories about hunter-gatherer life in the southern Ohio Valley. Claassen has received three National Science Foundation grants, been the keynote speaker at national and international conferences and leads student trips to Mexico and Guatemala where she researches sacred landscapes. “The reward for teaching is seeing a mind wake up,” she says. 7

Undergraduate degree programs Appalachian offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Originally founded as a teachers college, the university built its early reputation preparing skilled educators. Appalachian also cultivates leaders in business, science, the arts, communication, music, nursing and other careers. Today, Appalachian is also a leader in the fields of energy-focused green technology and the health sciences fields. Accounting Actuarial Sciences Anthropology Applied Anthropology Archeology Biological Anthropology General Anthropology Sustainable Development Appalachian Studies Apparel Design and Merchandising Appropriate Technology Art Art History Interdisciplinary Art Studio Art Art Education (K-12) Art Management Athletic Training Biology Biology, Cell/Molecular Biology Biology/Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology Biology, Secondary Education Building Sciences Architectural Technology and Design Construction Management Business Education Business Education Business and Marketing Education Chemistry Certified Chemist Environmental Fermentation Sciences Forensic Science Individually Designed Marketing and Business Preprofessional and Paramedical Chemistry, Secondary Education Child Development Family and Consumer Sciences Child Development: Birth-Kindergarten Communication Sciences and Disorders Communication Studies Communication, Advertising Communication, Electronic Media/Broadcasting Communication, Journalism Communication, Public Relations Community and Regional Planning Computer Information Systems Computer Science Criminal Justice International Studies Dance Studies Economics Environmental Economics and Policy General Economics International Economics Regional Economic Development Elementary Education English Creative Writing Film Studies Professional Writing English, Secondary Education


Environmental Science Exercise Science Clinical Exercise Physiology Pre-Professional Strength and Conditioning Family and Consumer Sciences, Secondary Education Fermentation Sciences Finance and Banking French and Francophone Studies French and Francophone Studies, Education (K-12) Geography General Geography Geographic Information Systems Geology Environmental Geology Paleontology Quantitative Geoscience Geology, Secondary Education Global Studies Graphic Arts and Imaging Technology Graphic Design Health Care Management Health Education (K-12) Health Promotion History Applied and Public History Multidisciplinary History, Social Studies Education Hospitality and Tourism Management Industrial Design Furniture Design Product Design Interdisciplinary Studies American Studies Environmental Policy and Planning Individually Designed Internet Studies Labor Studies Liberal Studies: Modern Period Interior Design International Business Management Entrepreneurship General Management Human Resource Management Marketing Mathematics Business Computation General Mathematics Life Sciences Physical Sciences Statistics Mathematics, Secondary Education Middle Grades Education (K-9) Language Arts Mathematics Science Social Studies Music Education (K-12) Choral Music Education General Music Education Instrumental Music Education

Music Industry Studies Music Performance Composition and Theory Instrument Sacred Music Voice Music Therapy Nursing, BSN, RN to BSN Nutrition and Foods Dietetics Foodsystems Management Philosophy Physical Education Teacher Education (K-12) Physics Applied Physics Physics, Secondary Education Political Science American Politics International and Comparative Politics Pre-Professional Legal Studies Public Administration Psychology Business Health Studies Human Services Natural Science Social Science Recreation Management Commercial Recreation and Tourism Management Outdoor Experiential Education Recreation and Park Management Religious Studies Risk Management and Insurance Social Work Sociology Applied Research Methods Criminology, Deviance and Law Families and Intimate Relationships Gerontology Individually Designed Social Inequalities Spanish Spanish, Education (K-12) Special Education (K-12) Adapted Curriculum General Curriculum Statistics Studio Art Sustainable Development Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Community, Regional, and Global Development Environmental Studies Teaching Theatre Arts (K-12) Technical Photography Technology Education Secondary Education Trade and Industry Theatre Arts General Theatre Performance Theatre Design/Technology Women’s Studies

Undergraduate research Appalachian encourages undergraduates to make new discoveries and offers grants through the Office of Student Research (OSR) to support their endeavors. The opportunity to work alongside a professor on a research project expands instruction and gives valuable experience for jobs and graduate school. Students frequently present their findings at local, regional and national professional meetings. OSR’s funding in support of graduate and undergraduate student research exceeded $111,700 in the 2011-12 academic year.

My experience proves one of the best things about Appalachian: you can have close, personal relationships with professors and that really benefits your education. – pre-med major Margo Pray (right), Class of 2013. She conducts molecular biology research as part of her professor’s National Science Foundation grant. She was selected to present at the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.

Recent national attention to Appalachian student research includes: Annual representation at the National Sustainable Design Expo sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In the past five years, nearly a dozen projects have received funding from the EPA’s P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet student design competition. High honors in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 competition in Washington, D.C. In an interdisciplinary collaboration, students designed and constructed a self-sustaining, net zero-energy home called The Solar Homestead. It won the People’s Choice Award.

Dr. Ellen Cowan

Professor, Department of Geology B.A., Albion College M.S., Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

Among the university’s top researchers is sedimentologist Dr. Ellen Cowan. She was among a select, international group of scientists who drilled the Antarctic sea floor for indications of how global warming affected our planet in the past as part of the multinational collaboration called ANDRILL (ANtarctic geological DRILLing). The scientists collected core samples dating back 10 million years. She studies the cores in Appalachian’s laboratories to predict change related to today’s global warming, an ongoing project that extends rich opportunities to her students. 9

Honors College The Honors College offers an even more enriching academic experience for high achieving students. This program attracts students in the top 5 to 10 percent of their graduating high school class. It develops independent and creative thinking, promotes open and provocative discussion, and nurtures a cultured and caring exchange of ideas. The Honors College also prepares students for leadership roles in their career as well as for graduate or professional school.

Transfer student honor society Appalachian has a chapter of the Tau Sigma National Honor Society for top transfer students with at least a 3.5 grade point average after their first semester at Appalachian or who are in the top 20 percent of their incoming class. Tau Sigma provides a welcoming environment, as well as opportunities to get involved with Appalachian and assume leadership positions.


The Honors program is what prompted me to apply to Appalachian. The opportunity for intimate and dynamic classes, the development of personal relationships with advisors and professors, the chance to study abroad and the push to enrich my education with a senior thesis really made Appalachian stand out from other schools. – Meghan Kusper, Class of 2013, a biology major who was selected to conduct undergraduate research at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis

Support along the way

Be sure to get your money’s worth by using the many programs and services offered to help you succeed. You do not have to do it all by yourself. Students are always using the librarians, tutors, writing center and academic advising to their advantage. – Janea Brown, Class of 2014, communication major

Appalachian offers academic support to maximize your scholarly experience. These services are all free!

Academic Advising advisors can help you schedule courses and select a major

University Writing Center

writing experts can assist you with term papers, essays and other writing projects

Tutoring Services

for when you need a little extra help with your coursework

Solid Accolades U.S. News and World Report’s “2012 America’s Best Colleges Guide” The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition” Forbes magazine’s “Top 100 Best Buy Colleges 2012” Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine’s “Best Values in Public Colleges” for 2012 Consumer Digest’s “Top Five Values in Public Colleges and Universities” Sierra Magazine’s Top 10 “Coolest Schools” for 2012

Dr. Sue Edwards loves hooking students on research, and those who assist with her project funded by the National Science Foundation call the biology professor a mentor and a friend. Together, they’re investigating the molecular Dr. Sue Edwards evolution of metabolic waste removal. “Appalachian is known at the National Associate Professor and Science Foundation for its quality training of undergraduate researchers, and Chair in Department of Biology B.S. Deakin University (Geelong, Victoria, Australia) the NSF follows up with me on how our undergraduates are doing,” Edwards M.S. The University of Melbourne said. Two of her undergraduates were selected to present their research at the Ph.D. Deakin University (Geelong, Victoria, Australia) prestigious National Conference on Undergraduate Research in 2012. 11

Dr. Mark Venable

Professor, Department of Biology B.S., Western Carolina University Ph.D., Wake Forest University

An expert in lipid metabolism, Dr. Mark Venable led a student research team in a project titled “Linking Wastewater Purification and Biofuel Production.” Their work was funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s P3: People, Prosperity and the Planet design competition. “We use wastewater to grow algae and the algae to purify the water and produce biofuels economically,” Venable said. Their research can be applied to cleaning up water for people to drink, defeating global climate change through the use of more environmentally friendly fuels, and creating new industry opportunities that will provide jobs. The students presented their research on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., during Earth Day activities in 2011.

The basis of your Appalachian degree Throughout your four years, you will engage in a challenging, interdisciplinary approach to learning known as the General Education program. The program accounts for 44 semester hours, from First Year Seminar to the Senior Capstone Experience, and pulls from many disciplines and perspectives to form a liberal education. Through this special design, you will achieve the life-long learning and transferable skills that prepare you for life – wherever it takes you. Ultimately, the General Education program achieves four goals, regardless of a student’s major: • Thinking critically and creatively • Communicating effectively • Making local to global connections • Understanding responsibilities of community membership 12

Belk Library and Information Commons Belk Library and Information Commons offers a great atmosphere for studying and homework. It features: • group and individual study space • 100 wireless laptops for checkout • a digital media studio • seven film/video viewing rooms • five classrooms Its online resources provide help with research on any subject imaginable. Qualified library faculty and staff, including student assistants, are on hand to assist and answer questions. After studying, take advantage of the library’s leisure reading, feature films, International Satellite TV and Wired Scholar coffee shop.

Other places to study There are a plenty of other places to study besides the library: Plemmons Student Union, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, and lounges inside academic buildings and residence halls to name a few. If the weather is nice, nothing beats a sunny spot in Durham Park or Sanford Mall.


Bring your passport! Study abroad Appalachian makes a point to introduce students to different cultures and teach them how to live and interact in a global society. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to explore the world – through study abroad trips and through the many international faculty, students and activities on campus. The university is one of the nation’s top ranking institutions, as determined by the Institute of International Education, for the number of students who participate in short-term study abroad. Appalachian also has been noted as a model institution for internationalization by the American Council on Education.



Want to see videos of Appalachian students traveling abroad? Check out these links... 14

Alternative Spring Break The popular Alternative Spring Break trips, which are created and led by trained student peer leaders, include international destinations. The trips immerse students in a week of community service, and purposeful reflection and fellowship. Because they’re planned by students, not staff, the trips result in especially meaningful personal growth. Total reach = 6 countries

Semester, summer and year programs Appalachian students have access to approximately 200 foreign sites for semester, summer and year programs of study. The cost is similar to on-campus tuition, and you can choose an English-speaking location if you’re not proficient in a foreign language. Total reach = 24 countries

It was such a wonderful and transforming experience. You create some of the most memorable and eye-opening college experiences with the people you visit and the university group you venture there with. – Christin Birchard, Class of 2014, communication major. She performed community service in the Dominican Republic during spring break.

Germany Exploring Sustainability Practices in Brazil:

Faculty-led, short-term programs Nearly every academic area offers short-term study abroad programs led by faculty members. These include the Walker College of Business’ Holland Fellows Study in Asia, the Department of Anthropology’s exploration of indigenous cultures in Ecuador and Mexico, and the Department of Communication’s media program in Poland. Total reach = 50 countries

Brazil Outdoor Programs Trip to Wales:

India Student blog from Southeast Asia:


Business majors and student-athletes Hal Kivette ’06 and Graham Bunn ’03 started a T-shirt venture called 46NYC, whose sales support social justice causes.

Where will your degree take you? Innovation and creativity are hallmarks of Appalachian graduates. Among our 100,000 alumni, you’ll find leaders in communities across North Carolina and around the world. With a degree from Appalachian, you could be like these success stories: Brian Walls ’99, an award-winning systems engineer at Gemini Observatory who keeps the world’s most prominent telescopes in working order. He double majored in physics and astronomy with a minor in computer science. Helen “Frankie” Willis ’84, a finance major who purchased a percentage of Trucks Inc. in her 20s and turned the small company into a leading Southeast hauling company. She is now the company’s president. Electric tricycle maker Tommy Ausherman ’11, whose desire for a quick, safe ride to class led to the start of a business in the green technology industry while he was still a student. He double majored in appropriate technology and geography with a minor in mathematics. The Gregory Brothers, whose “AutoTune the News” videos became YouTube and iTunes hits. Michael Gregory ’07 majored in music industry studies. 16

I think confidence is something I’ve seen develop in a lot of the children in the group... I never would have gotten the chance to do something like this had I not signed up for this course, and now it’s something I want to continue doing after graduation. – English major Mary Fonvielle, Class of 2012. She helped lead an after-school Creative Writing Club for Kids as part of a senior seminar course.

Service-learning More than 25 disciplines at Appalachian include service-learning in their teaching, which allows students to contribute more than 100,000 hours of meaningful service to the local and global community. Appalachian’s service-learning activities, which combine coursework with community service, are nationally recognized. Through them, Appalachian students gain a better understanding of their role as community members and in turn become more concerned about local community issues and involved in creating possible solutions.

Student radio program goes national Within just two years, radio entrepreneur Bryce Johnson ‘09 took his sports talk show from campus radio station 90.5 WASU-FM to the Charlotte market, and then to a national audience. He produces SPORTS YAPP®, a positive, upbeat and familyoriented sports program that airs as podcasts on Sports Spectrum magazine’s website. He got his start with a low-interest loan offered to students who participate in Appalachian’s 10-day Kellar Radio Talent Institute for aspiring broadcasters. The institute’s director encouraged him to “think like a pro” as a student and his efforts paid off. “I’ve only been out of school two years, but I feel like I’ve been working professionally for six,” he said.


Internships provide real-world experience A great way to enliven your academic preparation is through an internship, which expands your skills and competencies in your field. Some majors require an internship, others do not; either way, the Career Development Center can help you search and apply for this opportunity. Internships can be found on campus, in students’ hometowns and in major metropolitan cities. Some can lead to full-time jobs after graduation. For qualified students, the prestigious Appalachian in Washington, D.C., Program provides an academic perspective of the nation’s capital. Students take a special class while interning at noteworthy sites such as congressional offices, Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, U.S. Department of Defense, Amnesty International, National Geographic Traveler Magazine and the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia.

Tyler Branch '12 graduated from Appalachian with a degree in electronic media/broadcasting. During his senior year, he completed two internships in New York City. He spent fall semester working as a research intern for the Late Show with David Letterman, and spring semester working as a post-production and writers' research intern for Saturday Night Live.

Launching your career Appalachian’s Career Development Center is your go-to office for learning how to apply to graduate school or land your dream job or internship. Its staff will teach you the skills needed to write a resume, apply for positions and ace an interview. Their services include Career Gear, an online resume database that’s accessible by both students and approved employers. The center serves current students, graduating seniors and alumni. If you want some general guidance about your choice of major and intended career path, you can seek help at the Peer Career Center. This is a great first step before sitting down with a career counselor in the Career Development Center. 18

Join as many clubs and organizations as you can! Even if it is something you are only vaguely interested in, just go to a couple of meetings – you never know who you might meet and you might really like it. You would find a new passion or interest that you wouldn’t have otherwise. - Samantha Martenstyn, Class of 2014, psychology major

Life-changing Involvement The classroom represents only half of your education. The rest comes through involvement outside of class, and Appalachian offers an energetic campus life to complete your college experience.

Clubs and organizations What better way to make friends and tap into your leadership potential than to join, or even start, a campus club or organization? There are nearly 300 at Appalachian, from Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity to the Quidditch Club. Some of the more popular include:

Academics and Arts

Service and Special Interest

Anime Club Association of Student Entrepreneurs Chinese Club College Music Society Forensic Science Club Future Health Care Executives Music and Entertainment Industry Student Association Music Therapy Student Association National Band Association North Carolina Association of Educators North Carolina World Trade Association Steely Pan Steel Band/Percussion Ensemble Tau Sigma Honor Society Walker Fellows

African Community Entropy Dance Crew Fly-Fishing Club Gaming Club International Appalachian Leadership Educators Men’s and Women’s Leadership Circle Nerd Network Operation Smile People Fighting Poverty Student Filmmakers Organization Student Wellness Peer Educators Sustainable Development Student Alliance Transfer Yosef Wine To Water Campus Chapter

Sports/Activities/Fitness Alpine Ski Team Athletic Training Students’ Association Climber’s Coalition Cycling Club Elite Dance Team Equestrian Team Men’s and Women’s Rugby Recreation Management Association Snowboard Team

See the full list:


Being involved in the university’s ACT program has given me so many opportunities to lead through service to others. It’s given me a lot more confidence. – Patrick Holder, Class of 2012, a history, secondary education major

Leadership development At some point in your life – either on the job or in your community – you will be called upon to lead others. The Center for Student Involvement and Leadership offers a number of opportunities to develop important leadership skills, so you’re ready when it’s your time to shine. They include:

Trailhead Academy – a four-day experience for entering first-year students Emerging Leaders Program – a 10-week program for first- and second-year students Keystone – a seven-week leadership development program for seniors Academic courses – including a minor in leadership studies Workshops – offered throughout the year for small and large groups W. H. Plemmons Leader Fellows Program – a four-year, in-depth experience A.C.T. (Appalachian and the Community Together) – the university’s clearinghouse for community service

Emerging Leaders Program Jake Gentry ’07 started an international nonprofit organization called Orphans to Ambassadors while completing his master’s degree at Appalachian in 2009. The organization provides orphanages with sustainable technologies and teaches the children and local community how to use them so they can become leaders in the green movement. While Gentry was a freshman in Appalachian’s Emerging Leaders Program, he formed his belief that he could truly make a difference in the world. “The program is designed to build your leadership skills and confidence. It did that for me,” he said.


Find your passion and use it to help others! To me that’s honestly one of the coolest things about service. You can do what you love, and help. What more could you ask for? – Amanda Moore, Class of 2014, global studies/public relations major. She has volunteered with projects related to animal rights, human rights and organic farming.

Serving others Service at Appalachian is huge! Our students possess a strong desire to make a difference – locally and globally. Two high-impact service activities are the Martin Luther King (MLK) Challenge and the Alternative Service Experience (ASE) during fall, winter and spring breaks. The MLK Challenge tackles local needs, while ASE groups – which often have a waiting list – travel domestically and internationally to address issues related to poverty, the environment and youth.

Greek life About 12 percent of students pledge a sorority or fraternity while at Appalachian. There are 26 Greek organizations on campus, with about 1,400 members. Members of Greek organizations contribute significant philanthropy, service and leadership to the campus and community.


Housing for freshmen Appalachian’s campus has 21 residence halls that house about 6,000 students. All new incoming freshmen are required* to live on campus for fall and spring semesters, because this is where you begin making friends and building community. All residence halls are smoke free. Some are co-ed and others are single sex. Special needs housing is also available. U.S. News & World Report ranks Appalachian as a Best College for Learning Communities. There are 19 on-campus Residential Learning Communities within our residence hall system, which focus on particular interests such as academic majors, the arts, green living, community service and other options. *except those who are married, single parents, veterans or students living with a parent or guardian

Housing for transfer students Transfer students are encouraged to seek off-campus housing, and there are plenty of options. Many are within short walking distance of campus. Others are easily accessible via AppalCART, the town’s public transportation system. AppalCART buses run on a biodiesel mix, so your carbon footprint is small even when you can’t walk to class. 22

Refueling Food Services offers something for everyone, whether you like vegetarian, home-style cooking, salad bar, brick-oven pizza, vegan and low-calorie options, or a quick smoothie or snack on the go. Appalachian operates three main dining facilities and three markets across campus for students’ convenience, as well as numerous vending machines. Menus for each location can be found online. Central Dining Hall is the newest and largest dining facility, located in the center of campus. It has two dining areas, Rivers Street Café and Sanford Commons. Trivette Hall is a smaller, quieter dining facility located beside the Duck Pond. Plemmons Student Union features the nationally familiar McAlister’s Deli, as well as Cascades Café. Crossroads Coffeehouse offers shade-grown coffee, a relaxing atmosphere and oftentimes live music. The Market offers snacks, fresh produce, drinks, and health and beauty aids. Its three locations are beside University Bookstore in Plemmons Student Union, in Trivette Hall and in Appalachian Panhellenic Hall.

Appalachian has a commitment to buying local and reducing waste. Food Services composts all pre-consumer waste, and soon even post-consumer waste, at Appalachian’s Recycling Center – providing rich mulch for campus landscaping.

Statistics is a required course for business majors, and Dr. David McEvoy realizes that most students don’t want to take it. “I understand that many students find statistics difficult and would rather shy away from it, so I put energy into engaging students,” said the economics Dr. David McEvoy Assistant Professor, faculty member. He has earned a reputation for keeping statistics relevant to students’ Department of Economics lives by using data in the news, such as Gallup polls and baseball statistics, to introduce B.S., University of New Hampshire concepts. He even uses bags of M&Ms as a teaching tool for analyzing data, such as the M.S., University College London distribution of colors. He won the Walker College of Business’ teaching award in 2010. Ph.D., Univ. of Massachusetts at Amherst 23

Your safety and well-being Your safety and your mental and physical health are important to us. They are what drive your success both in college and beyond. Safety measures on campus include University Police’s 24/7 patrol by car, bike and foot; more than 75 Emergency Blue Light Telephones; Mountaineer Safe Ride van service from 6 p.m. until 2 a.m.; and educational and awareness programs. AppState-ALERT is Appalachian’s 24/7 emergency notification system that uses text and voice messaging, a siren warning system, PC desktop alerts, email and other technologies to alert campus of a life-threatening emergency. The Counseling and Psychological Services Center offers free counseling, as well as workshops and educational programs, crisis services, assessments, recommendations and referrals, consultations and clinical and self-guided feedback. Walk-in hours are available. The M.S. Shook Student Health Service offers general health services, including a flu information center, laboratory, pharmacy, radiology/X-Ray, women’s health, travel services and more. Many services are covered by the student health fee paid with tuition each semester.

Campus media Published twice a week, The Appalachian student newspaper is run entirely by students. It has earned Marks of Distinction for the past two decades from the Associated Collegiate Press, as well as All American and First Class honors. Any currently enrolled, full-time student can apply for a position in writing, editing or assisting with the print and online production. Named the best college radio station in the nation by MTV-U, student-run 90.5 WASU-FM prepares the students for careers in broadcasting and related fields. Shows include sports, news and talk, blue grass and indie rock. Between 50-70 students are involved with WASU each semester. Former staff members have gone on to careers with CBS Radio, Clear Channel, CNN and other media groups. 24

With its 100-plus members, the Gospel Choir is a popular ensemble within the Hayes School of Music.

Arts and Culture You’ll find a diverse and vibrant arts scene at Appalachian. With music, drama, the visual arts and more, there’s an event nearly every day of the year. These include: • Exhibitions and workshops in the visual arts • A performing arts series featuring world-renowned visiting artists • Theatre productions, concerts and recitals by Appalachian’s highly acclaimed Hayes School of Music and Department of Theatre and Dance • Programs supporting student authors of poetry, fiction, plays and creative non-fiction • Presentations and workshops by renowned authors • A popular craft enrichment series offering workshops for all ages • A nationally recognized summer arts festival • A student-run programming series featuring an eclectic mix of artists and entertainment

Top photo: Country artist Dierks Bentley, a recent performer at An Appalachian Summer Festival held every July. Middle photo: The Department of Theatre and Dance hosts performances almost every weekend of the academic year. And, you don’t have to major in theatre or dance to participate – all productions are open by audition to interested students who have a minimum 2.0 grade point average. Bottom photo: Students enjoy an exhibit at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, which is a gallery and education center located on campus. 25

Where to hang out Sanford Mall is the central hangout in warm weather, while Plemmons Student Union offers year-round activity. The student union houses popular coffee shops and Cascades Café, as well as departments and clubs pertaining to student life – such as Student Programs, Multicultural Center, Women’s Center, the volunteerism/ service-learning office (A.C.T.), LGBT Center, Student Government Association and The Appalachian newspaper. Its Summit Trail Solarium, where you can sit amid lush greenery and cascading waterfalls, offers a nature fix even during the coldest months.

Appalachian Popular Programming Society The student-run Appalachian Popular Programming Society (A.P.P.S.) brings a variety of entertainment to campus. Well-known performers such as Black Eyed Peas, Ben Folds and Jimmy Buffett have played in large venues on campus, while smaller acts perform in Legends nightclub.

Legends This campus nightclub has become a legend in its own right, bringing the best in regional and national entertainment to campus for more than 20 years. Legends nightclub has hosted performers such as John Mayer, Outkast, Chairmen of the Board, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band (pictured) and Toubab Krewe. Nearly every weekend it hosts a dance night featuring a DJ and the latest music. 26

About 30,000 fans pack Kidd Brewer Stadium, known as “The Rock,” for each home football game.


Dedicated fans love to wear the black and gold and support the winning tradition of Mountaineer athletics. Appalachian’s teams are members of NCAA Division I, the highest level of intercollegiate athletics. Appalachian has won 32 of the past 34 Southern Conference Commissioner’s Cups, which annually recognize excellence in men’s athletics. The university also has won the Germann Cup for excellence in women’s athletics eight times. • 450 student-athletes in 20 varsity sports • Three straight national championships in football (2005, 2006 and 2007) • It’s easy to catch a game – tickets to all athletics events are free for students!

Men’s teams

Women’s teams

Baseball Basketball Cross country Football Golf Soccer Tennis Track and field (outdoor) Track and field (indoor) Wrestling

Basketball Cross country Field hockey Golf Soccer Softball Tennis Track and field (outdoor) Track and field (indoor) Volleyball


Intramurals and club sports You don’t have to compete at the varsity level to enjoy the sport you love. University Recreation coordinates 80 intramural and 20 club team sports, from climbing and lacrosse to fencing and snowboarding. Through these leisure time activities, students learn the lifelong skills that contribute to their social, physical, emotional and intellectual growth.

Appalachian’s cycling team competes in road, mountain and cyclo-cross and has earned national team and individual titles. It recently moved up from Division II to Division I competition in the Atlantic Coast Cycling Conference.

Staying fit It’s easy to squeeze in a workout any day of the week. Appalachian has three popular facilities: the 120,000-squarefoot Student Recreation Center with a 50-foot climbing wall, pool, basketball/volleyball courts, indoor track, weight room and more; Mount Mitchell Fitness Centre in Plemmons Student Union; and the Quinn Center on Stadium Drive. They offer state-of-the-art equipment as well as group classes in Zumba, yoga, cardio-boxing, spin and other approaches to fitness.


Appalachian is one of the most environmentally responsible institutions of higher learning in the United States, according to The Princeton Review, scoring 98 out of a possible 99 points.

Breathtaking Location Caring for the mountains we love to live and play in is a way of life at Appalachian. This is our home, and while we can enjoy the abundant opportunities within our natural world, we also have a responsibility to be good stewards so future generations can enjoy them too.

Sustainability at Appalachian Our wind turbine and solar arrays on campus demonstrate our commitment to creating a greener, cleaner world. We make a difference in less obvious ways too: • Energy-efficient lighting, plumbing and heating/air conditioning systems • Nine buildings built to LEED® standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council • LEED® certification guidelines for all new construction and renovations • Use of “Green Cleaning” products and standards • Composting and recycling programs

Renewable Energy Initiative Students feel so strongly about environmental issues that they voted in 2004 to charge themselves a small annual fee to support renewable energy projects on campus. The fee helps offset the university’s dependence on fossil fuels and educates students about alternative energy possibilities. Projects in recent years have included the use of biodiesel in AppalCART public transportation buses, a solar panel near Raley Hall, a solar thermal water heating system in Plemmons Student Union, and the 100-kilowatt wind turbine that generates enough electricity to power 15 homes. 29

Appalachian was one of 20 institutions chosen from around the globe, and the only one from North Carolina, to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 held in Washington, D.C. Students constructed a 970-square-foot “solar homestead” using innovative solar energy that made the home 100 percent self-sufficient.

Want to work in the green industry? Appalachian has been a leader in sustainability education for more than 25 years and offers three sustainability-oriented degree programs: • Environmental Science • Sustainable Development • Technology We also offer the following program concentrations which have direct applicability to the green industry: • Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture • Anthropology • Appalachian Studies • Biology • Chemistry • Economics • Geography and Planning • Global Studies • Interdisciplinary Studies • Government and Justice Studies • Women’s Studies


Outdoor Programs Dip a paddle into cold whitewater, hike the Appalachian Trail or climb a nearly 450-million-year-old rock face barehanded. Outdoor Programs has the gear and expertise to help you make the most of your time in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Outdoor Programs offers challenging outdoor experiences while promoting responsible and sustainable land use. Its activities also teach valuable self-awareness. You can learn your perceived limits, bust through them and be forever changed in a positive way. Outdoor Programs also prepares students for careers in outdoor leadership.

Activities include: • Kayaking • Hiking • Backpacking • Paddling • Climbing • Caving • Challenge courses • International expeditions Outdoor Programs Challenge Video

Students hike Roan Mountain after storm


I love Boone because it’s home to me. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. This place is like no other because of the friendly people and the calm atmosphere. I love the nightlife and activities during the day such as hiking, kayaking and snowboarding. – Katherine Li Burr, Class of 2014, graphic arts and imaging technology major

Boone Appalachian is located in Boone, N.C., which Outside magazine named one of “The Best Small Towns” in America. Boone has about 15,000 residents and a vibrant downtown known as King Street. Stunning views of the mountains surround the area.

Things to do within minutes of campus: • Ski or snowboard at area ski resorts and terrain parks • Grab some coffee and conversation at a local coffee shop • Eat and hang out at King Street restaurants • Hike, climb and enjoy scenic overlooks along the Blue Ridge Parkway • Visit eclectic shops along Blowing Rock’s Main Street • Swim and play at popular waterfalls • Explore Grandfather Mountain with its wildlife and swinging bridge • Raft, kayak or fly-fish with a local outfitter

Yes, snowboarding is a legitimate course at Appalachian. It’s among physical education options that meet the General Education program’s wellness requirements. Snowboarding is also a club sport.


Value and Affordability Repeatedly cited as a best value by The Princeton Review, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine and other publications, Appalachian offers an outstanding education at a great price. Our out-of-state rates are comparable with many states’ in-state tuition rates.

Scholarships and Financial Aid Even with low tuition, cost is a major concern for many families. Appalachian offers financial aid, student employment and scholarships (need and merit-based) to help keep a college education within reach. The top scholarships include:

Chancellor’s Scholarship – Appalachian’s most prestigious scholarship; offered through the Honors College and includes full institutional costs for eight semesters. ACCESS Scholarship – offers North Carolina’s low-income students living at or below the poverty level a four-year university education debt free. The W.H. Plemmons Leader Fellows Scholarship – awarded to students who demonstrate academic achievement along with active involvement in high school or community activities. The Diversity Scholarship – awarded to students who demonstrate and value academic achievement, exhibit strong leadership potential and eagerly identify ways to implement positive change. Alumni Memorial Scholarship – awarded annually to children of Appalachian alumni who demonstrate academic success, leadership potential, and participation in school and community activities.

Rent your books You can save hundreds of dollars through the University Bookstore’s textbook rental system. This program covers one book per course for most courses taught on campus for undergraduate students during the regular academic year and summer sessions. Additional textbooks must be purchased.

By the Numbers:

of Appalachian students receive some form of financial aid $2 million in scholarship funds is awarded to talented Appalachian students each year 33

Visit Appalachian If you want an experience unlike any other, Appalachian may be the school for you. We encourage you to visit campus and see for yourself how your world can open up to Mountains of Opportunity.

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Participate in Open House

Your two-hour visit includes a multi-media presentation, a discussion of admissions criteria, a walking tour led by a Student Ambassador, and opportunities to meet with admissions counselors.

Held each fall and spring, Open House is a great opportunity to talk further with representatives from admissions, financial aid, academic programs and other campus support services. You can also take a campus tour and peek inside a residence hall.

Dustin Hackett Marketing Class of 2013

Kristen Lahm Exercise Science Class of 2013

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Class of 2013

Jacob Brooks Political Science Class of 2014

Haley Everett Exercise Science Class of 2013

Update your AppConnect account To support your next steps involving Appalachian, be sure to use AppConnect, your personal admissions website. At, you can: Schedule a campus tour or register for Open House RSVP to admissions events Meet your admissions counselor Receive more information about Appalachian

Where we are Appalachian is within easy driving distance of major metropolitan areas. A few examples are Charlotte, N.C., two hours; Washington, D.C., seven hours; Knoxville, Tenn., three hours; Jacksonville, Fla., seven and a half hours. Information on Boone and area accommodations can be found at 34


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Apply for Admission Submit a complete application Submit the online application Send us your transcripts (final high school and/or college(s)) Send us your SAT or ACT scores (optional for transfer students)


Transfer Students

Submit complete application by:

Transfer students have rolling admission which means you can apply anytime (preferably no later than May 1 for fall admission).

Nov. 15* (first admission deadline) Feb. 1 (second admission deadline) March 1 (third admission deadline) *Apply by Nov. 15 to be considered for merit-based scholarships and for the best chance for admission.


Transfer Students

If application is Admission decisions complete by: will be mailed: Nov. 15 Jan. 25

You will be notified about 30 days after we receive your complete application.

Feb. 1 March 1 March 15 April 4

Need help paying for college? Scholarships (freshmen only) Financial Aid Top students who have completed their Complete your FASFA as soon as application by Nov. 15 will be invited to possible after Jan. 1. The priority complete a scholarship application. deadline is March 15.

Freshman vs. Transfer

Confused about whether you are a transfer student or a freshman because of the transfer hours you bring to Appalachian? If you will graduate from high school in spring or summer of 2013, you will be considered a freshman no matter how many transfer credits you bring in.


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Viewbook, 2012-13  

Appalachian State University Viewbook, 2012

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Appalachian State University Viewbook, 2012